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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Hi, I'm new to this forum nice to meet you everyone. English is not my native language so probably i woukd write some things that won't make sense.So, here is my thing: i started daydreaming since i was a child (like 8, 9 years old?) and i started…Continue
Ok, I'm posting this here cause I'm out of options for telling anyone else and I need to get it off my chest.The only one who knew about my DD was my father, and he passed away a few months ago. In the space of him passing on, I also moved into an…Continue
honestly, i dont mind it. ive had it basically my entire life (i didnt even just daydream like a normal child, the pacing began even when i was six) and ive never had anything traumatic happen to me. it doesnt take that much away from me (maybe 1 hr…Continue
I've only just experienced this, about a couple of times, and I don't know if this is common or not, and I'm not even sure this has anything to do with MDD, but I don't know where else to ask.Have any of you ever felt déjà vu during a dream? Like…Continue
Does anyone have severe motivational problems with MD?Like not being married/dating, not where your careers is, to thin/fat because you haven't hit the gym?I recently read that daydreaming demotivates people because it gives them unrealistic…Continue
My aunt has MD, but her daydreams don't exactly hinder her social interactions as much as most people would think. Her daydreams seem to focus more on helping her cope with her reality. For instance, when she was younger she was particularly…Continue
Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue
Hey guys. For those who are following my other topic on curing MD, I finally got some spare time to update and elaborate on some things that I thought were missing in the previous posts. I'm posting it here or you can read it directly on the…Continue
I have overcome the majority of my MDD and for the most part it has been a godsend because I've been able to get my life back together. I just wish that when I was as stressed out as I currently am I could take a break and enter that realm. But…Continue
I've been suffering through a pretty unfortunate cold lately, and I realized something: I can barely daydream when I'm sick. Whether it's the fatigue or just the general foggy-brained feeling that sickness brings, it keeps me from doing anything…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
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